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Thursday and Friday's Connector: The cast of 'Harry Potter'

November 5th, 2010
07:18 PM ET

We want to Skype with you about what the 'Harry Potter' series means to you. Has it meant an escape from your world? Has it changed you in any way? Has it brought magic into your life? Tell us about your Potter journey by leaving a comment (below here) and we'll get in touch with you to come on our program.

It’s the movie legions of Harry Potter fans around the world have been waiting for. Well, part one of it anyway.

The first instalment of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" opens Friday, November 19, with part two following in July 2011.

The film will arrive amid more fanfare and higher expectations than any in the franchise so far. And the tone will be as dark as the book itself. No friendly Hogwarts school as a backdrop. No more games of quidditch. No angst-ridden budding teenage romances (you can watch the "Twilight" series for that).

This time it’s war. A struggle-to-the-death contest of good versus evil as Harry fights with the help of friends Hermione and Ron to rid the world of Lord Voldemort. Meanwhile, the man described as the most powerful dark wizard of all time has his own agenda: he wants to possess death.

I told you this was dark.

By the way, this would be a good time for a bit of disclosure. “Harry Potter” is put out by Warner Bros., which like CNN, is a unit of Time Warner.

Anyway, the bottom line is that there is no escaping this magical world.

Hundreds of millions of "Harry Potter" books have been sold in dozens of languages around the world.

The first six films have grossed $5.4 billion according to the Guinness Book of Records, making it the most successful film franchise ever.

Tourists from around the world enjoy the new Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.

There was even a transatlantic court case pitting author J.K. Rowling against a man who wanted to turn his very popular fan Web site into a book.

Through it all, we have watched the actors that played the characters at the heart of the novels grow up while learning of life, love and magic spells.

CNN's Becky Anderson spoke to members of the cast and we'll be bringing you all the interviews on Thursday and Friday in a two-day special edition of Connector of the Day

Tune in on Thursday November 11 and Friday November 12 at 2200 CET, 2100 London or 1600 New York time to watch us put your questions to the cast of "Harry Potter."


Future Connector – Agyness Deyn

November 5th, 2010
10:32 AM ET
Agyness Deyn has been the face of Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss and Burberry.

Agyness Deyn has been the face of Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss and Burberry.

(CNN) - Born Laura Hollins, the English model changed her name to Agyness Deyn in a bid to sound more exotic and to further her modeling career.

It seems to have worked. After being discovered as a teenager, Deyn has gone on to grace the covers of a number of major fashion magazines.

Vogue - which regularly features Deyn as cover girl - called her one of the top models of the new millennium.

At 27, Deyn has headed up high-profile haute couture campaigns - most memorably, Ma Dame for Jean Paul Gaultier. She’s also been the face of Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss and Burberry.

Deyn has also turned her hand to acting - playing the role of Aphrodite in Clash of the Titans released this year.

This is your chance to ask Deyn your questions. What is it like to be a full-time model? Which designers are the most fun to work with? What does she make of the the apparent trend for younger, thinner models? Is the modeling world a healthy environment to work in?

Send in your questions and don't forget to tell us where you're writing from.